By Jacynthe Geschke
I went to my first event at Theatre Terrific over ten years ago on a Saturday in May. It was different than anything I ever experienced. They were exploring sound and movement and how we express ourselves. At first, I was reluctant to do what the others were doing. At the end of the day, the leaders gave us paint, brushes and a big roll of black paper to share. I took a paintbrush and painted some flowers. Painting makes me feel happy.
My first play with Theatre Terrific was later that summer in the annual Summer Fringe program. I was The Watcher and listened to the play quietly onstage while the other actors talked about friends or family. When it was my turn at the end of each performance I used paint, not words. Over the two weeks of the play at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, I painted a picture of relationships: a mother with her child on her lap and the father standing nearby. People came back to see the play because they wanted to know how my painting was turning out.
Since that first class I have participated in many others. I was even part of a professional cast when we performed a play called “Dogs” at Performance Works on Granville Island. Since I started going to Theatre Terrific, I have had many great experiences and I have made many friends.
Theatre Terrific brings together artists who would usually not have the opportunity to work together. Their diverse groups include professional and amateur artists from 16-year-olds to seniors, and are inclusive of everyone.
Theatre Terrific is based in Vancouver, and can lead classes and put on theatrical performances throughout the Lower Mainland and in other B.C. locations.
Artistic Director: Susanna Uchatius